Selected Works

The Bright Side

An animated ebook

In 2015, I created the digital version of the graphic novel Den lyse side by the Danish author Maren Uthaug. It was published as an ebook with the storyline captured as animated GIF. The ebook was simultaneously published in a Danish and an English version, the latter with the title The Bright Side. The biggest challenge was to find the right level of animation in order for the publication to still feel as a book.

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Designing the story

Maria Hagsten Michelsen portrait

I'm a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, who helps clients develop their brand and define their essence through carefully crafted designs. I'm also a Dane who has been living in San Francisco since 2016, mixing Scandinavian minimalism with the passion and craziness of the golden state.

I have a masters degree in comparative literature, which makes me highly skilled in telling a brand’s story in an optimal way. I also have a keen visual eye that is always drawing inspiration from the world around me.

When I’m not designing, working on illustrations while listening to music or interacting in the Dribbble community, I’m probably drinking a cold IPA with my hubby or hanging out with my favorite peeps.

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San Francisco, CA